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[audio]E100: Week six: Is Ruth also among the Judges? - Dr Tim Bulkeley
The book of Judges starts badly and gets worse. The end gets completely censored, never read in church, even the Sunday School stories get their naughty bits covered up! The book ends with a slogan in 21:25 "In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit." Which neatly prepares for the books of Samuel except by the time we reach the end of 2 Kings (even if we are slow learners) we realise that kings are not much better...
Keywords: ruth; judges; bible; bible study
Downloads: 13
[audio]E100: Introduction to the plan - Tim Bulkeley
Hereâs my overview of the E100 plan before I started doing the podcasts.It is mainly concerned with how (and why) they have selected the readings they have. It will be interesting to do another at the end, and compare my impressions of the list of readings âbeforeâ and âafterâ.
Keywords: bible; e100; reading; bible overview
Downloads: 30
[audio]E100: Week 7: Bible stories for adults - Dr Tim Bulkeley
If you thought Bible stories were for children, nice little tales with a nice little moral at the end, then you probably have not been following the E100 up to this point, and you certainly have not been reading the bits the organisers censored out! Bible stories are NOT like that, rather they tell in the most realistic way possible the stories of real people, who we must watch, listen to and then work out how we'll respond...
Keywords: bible; narrative; narrative books; adults; bible stories
Downloads: 761
[audio]Genesis 1: Beginning right - Tim Bulkeley
This chapter is the beginning of the Bible, and beginnings are important. We learn why the world was made, and how God is "different". Among other structural details we will notice is this one (the diagramme may help as you listen): Day Creation Day Creation One Light Four Luminaries Two Water and Sky Five Birds and Sea Creatures Three Land and Vegetation Six Land animals (inc. Humans)
Keywords: bible; creation; genesis; structure
Downloads: 39
[audio]Jonah: Thoroughly fishy! - Tim Bulkeley
Spotting the exaggerations and humour in the book can help us understand, but it also acts as a warning!
Keywords: bible; Genre; Humour; Jonah
Downloads: 24
[audio]E100-23: Joshua 1: Joshua Succeeds Moses - Dr Tim Bulkeley
This chapter focuses on Joshua taking over from Moses, now that (at the end of Deuteronomy) Moses is dead and gone (though no one except God) saw him die. In the reading we learn a lot about how the Bible views leadership, and it does not easily fit with any of our modern, well-worn patterns. Thank God! We also (not coincidentally) learn about cooperation among God's people.
Keywords: Joshua; Bible; biblical studies
Downloads: 27
[audio]E100-45: Proverbs 16:1 - 18:24: What are proverbs or what is Proverbs? - Dr Tim Bulkeley
Proverbs are pithy sayings. Short, thought-provoking, often using vivid imagery proverbs work by making you think. But they are often used as a source of quick simple answers. The book of Proverbs is a collkection of loads of such sayings with a long preface and short epilogue that encourage young men to meditate on this advice. The goal of Proverbs is lives lived well. A proverb can be applied like a Band Aid to appropriate situations, BUT their greatest value is when you meditate them...
Keywords: bible; proverbs; wisdom; proverb
Downloads: 53
[audio]Twisted tales: or should the book of Judges be censored? - Tim Bulkeley
Judges is definitely not suitable for Sunday School reading, the bits that are told are firmly censored, and few of us go back to notice what we are missing. But, if we do, what we find is a book chock full of horrid twisted tales, brutal, brutish and sadly not short. Why? Can such a nasty collection of stories be justified, or should it simply be banned?
Keywords: Judges; Narrative; Sex; bible
Downloads: 24
[audio]E100-24: Joshua 3:1 -€“ 4:24: Crossing the Jordan - Dr Tim Bulkeley
For today's reading there are historical (standing stones) and geographic (the Jordan river) information that is important, and perhaps better communicated by pictures and words, rather than words alone. So here are some relevant pictures, with brief captions... See the original post.
Keywords: Joshua; jordan; bible
Downloads: 20
[audio]What is the Bible? (Part 2) a hologram? - Tim Bulkeley
Many people think the Bible is like a hologram, any part of which shows the truth. The practice of scholars, preachers and teachers, of citing single verses or lists of verses to demonstrate something, encourages this view. The claim that the Bible is âinerrantâ in all its parts seems to seal the idea. Yet in the Bible God itself told us in the Bible that it is false!
Keywords: bible; job; reading
Downloads: 24
[audio]E100 Week 8:The Fall of Israel - Dr Tim Bulkeley
"The fall of Israel" is a theological (not historical) title. This five covers almost the whole history of the Israelite kingdoms from David to the destruction of Jerusalem. The Deuteronomistic History (Joshua-Kings) from which they all come (cf. remarks on Judges) tell the story with the end in view, one important goal of these books is to explain the fall of Jerusalem and the exile. So this is a good selection to understand what is going on: 1...
Keywords: bible; david; judah; kings
Downloads: 23
[audio]Obadiah and Jonah - Tim Bulkeley
Juxtaposition: putting things together to make something "more than the sum of the parts" is a common artistic skill, it is common (but often unrecognised) in the Bible. As my least favourite book of the Bible helps reveal!
Keywords: isaiah; jonah; obadiah; bible
Downloads: 32
[audio]E100-44: Proverbs 1:1 - 4:27: Where is wisdom to be found? - Dr Tim Bulkeley
Most of Proverbs contains collections of proverbs (pithy sayings about life) but the book has a nine chapter prologue and a half chapter epilogue. The epilogue is a poem describing an ideal(ised) wife. The prologue seeks to motivate the student (a young male - notice all the "my son" language) to follow his mother's advice and live a faithful, respectable, respectful, honest life. The last chapters sex up this motivational speech by picturing Wisdom as a woman, who should become the young man's ...
Keywords: bible; proverbs; wisdom; apocrypha
Downloads: 73
[audio]Jonah pt.2: Jon 1:3 - What'€™s going on? - Tim Bulkeley
So, here's the second part of the Jonah series. This time we focus on 1:3. Again we end with a question - but at least the right question is better than the wrong answer!
Keywords: bible; jonah; genre
Downloads: 33
[audio]What is the Bible? (Part 2) a hologram? - Tim Bulkeley
Many people think the Bible is like a hologram, any part of which shows the truth. The practice of scholars, preachers and teachers, of citing single verses or lists of verses to demonstrate something, encourages this view. The claim that the Bible is âinerrantâ in all its parts seems to seal the idea. Yet in the Bible God itself told us in the Bible that it is false!
Keywords: bible; job; reading
Downloads: 19
[audio]E100 week 4: Exodus 1-18: Freed from other masters - Dr Tim Bulkeley
In this podcast, before looking at the passages selected for week 4, I'll do a quick overview of what I think we should have noticed from Genesis (a sort of 30 second recap of weeks 1-3 ;) Then I'll try to set the scene for week 4, which covers the story of the Exodus. Phrasing it that way though is perhaps not the best summary of Exodus 1-18. After listening to my podcast maybe you can suggest a better one?
Keywords: E100; bible; exodus
Downloads: 19
[audio]E100-8: Genesis 21:1-22:19: Life on a rollercoaster - Tim Bulkeley
These two chapters, as well as some (now several millennia later) boring stuff about wells, contsain some of the heights and depths of human experience. A birth to a childless couple, well well after normal childbearing years, and nasty vindictive selfishness. But also an outrageous demand from God, blind obedience and a few hints of something greater to come...
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100
Downloads: 23
[audio]Genre matters: 1- Why genre matters - Tim Bulkeley
For some reason one of the difficult stumbling blocks at the start of a Bible intro course is "genre" and why it matters. So, here's a < 5 minute Bible attempt to explain!
Keywords: bible; interpretation; genre; amos
Downloads: 23
[audio]Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24 - Tim Bulkeley
Eric Auerbach's famous quote about Biblical Narrative being "fraught with background" can sound puzzling. Here I'll try to explain it with reference to some trivial but intriguing details in Genesis 24. Reading the chapter in the Hebrew class we spotted several minor details in the telling that suggest, or hint ;) well, listen and find out what!
Keywords: bible; narrative; narratology; genesis
Downloads: 100
[audio]E100-1: Genesis 1 and 2 - Tim Bulkeley
The first reading in a series covering the 100 essential Bible readings, contains Genesis 1-2. The 50 passages from each Testament together give an overview of the whole Bible. Today we begin at the beginning with the first teo chapters of Genesis. I also dealt with Genesis 1 in a previous post. By the way there is a reading of the passage (if you want to hear rather than see it on PodBible.com). There is an RSS feed for the E100 series only.
Keywords: bible; genesis; prologue
Downloads: 31
[audio]E100-29: Judges 13:1 -€“ 16:31: Samson a biblical superhero? - Dr Tim Bulkeley
It's certainly hard to find a superhero in the Bible! Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and even Moses - all fail - though some of them look good the way we try to... by comparison with their neighbours, family or friends think of how Moses shines when compared to Aaron. But Samson! He's super strong, has a fatal weakness, and a secret identity (as a Nazirite :) However in this podcast we'll look closer, and in noticing some details of how the story is told uncover what is really going on ;)
Keywords: samson; bible; judges
Downloads: 32
[audio]E100-90: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11: The Coming of the Lord - Dr Tim Bulkeley
To my mind this passage provides a nice example of what Paul was on about in the previous reading, many people get hung up on the picture of Christ descending from heaven, and the possibility of people rising to greet him, and spend their time constructing imaginative and creative theologies and multi-million dollar businesses writing books about "the rapture" claiming that the notion is a "biblical doctrine"...
Keywords: E100; Thessalonians Bible; Bible abuse; rapture; Scripture
Downloads: 9
[audio]E100-26: Judges 2:6 - 3:6: A vicious cycle or A divine alarm-clock? - Dr Tim Bulkeley
There's a nasty cycle that repeats time and again in Judges, and that forms a theme of the history in the books of Samuel and Kings too: * Israel forgets that Yhwh is the ONE who has given them everything * they start to worship/serve other Gods * God allows an enemy to oppress them * they call to God â who raises up a strong leader who by God's power rescues them This pattern was described in Deuteronomy so these books (with Joshua) get called the "Deuteronomistic History" by scholars...
Keywords: deuteronomist; deuteronomistic history; deuteronomy; judges; bible; bible study
Downloads: 22
[audio]E100-2: Genesis 3 - Tim Bulkeley
This is the passage that makes sense of Gen 2, and of human life. Our world and our lives are broken and spoiled because of sin. Sin is not breaking rules, it is breaking relationship with the maker by wanting to assume the power ourselves. The reading of Genesis 3 is here. There is another take on this passage, talking about Bonhoefferâs paradoxical take on âconscienceâ in an earlier podcast.
Keywords: bible; creation; genesis; sin; fall
Downloads: 26
[audio]E100-4: Genesis 8:1-9:17 Sin and grace after the flood - Tim Bulkeley
If this was a merely human story youâd expect God's bold attempt at drastic punishment to have an equally bold result. Either humanity reformed, or the rebellion gets deeper ;) But of course neither is possible. humanity is unreformable, just try making a few worthwhile New Year's resolutions to prove that ;) nor is rebellion any deeper possible. So what we get instead is a second old-fashioned word, to add to the collection of outmoded terms we began with "sin" earlier...
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; flood
Downloads: 23
[audio]E100-3: Genesis 6:5-7:24: Sin and Righteousness - Tim Bulkeley
I think I've avoided really looking at this passage, and I notice that my teaching has focused too much on the signs of two source texts being edited together, and noticed too little how the story works, because like the genocide texts it offends my sense of right. The story looks different when one hears it as an exploration of the theme of sin and righteousness, as I'll try to here.
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; flood
Downloads: 27
[audio]Isaiah 40 in Babylon - Tim Bulkeley
It is certainly one of my favourite Bible passages, indeed it is many people's favourite Bible chapter. Isaiah 40 is just full of superb phrases and pictures. Whenever it was composed, this chapter really comes to life and sparkles when it is heard as the Judean exiles in Babylon heard, it just before Cyrus the Persian king captured the city. For a better idea of the background watch the Video "Babylon as background to hearing Isaiah 40" (4MB).
Keywords: history; isaiah; bible; biblical studies
Downloads: 42
[audio]E100-7: Genesis 15: Promises and a contract - Tim Bulkeley
In this Genesis chapter 15 God keeps reiterating his promises to Abraham. Wonderful promises! But Abrahamâs replies are less than politely gracious. Which teaches us a thing or two about God :)
Keywords: E100; Genesis; bible; promises
Downloads: 21
[audio]E100-22: Exodus 32:1 – 34:35: The Golden Calf - Dr Tim Bulkeley
This passage was probably chosen because it contains two famous "Bible stories", the Golden Calf (in which a priest does what the people want, and becomes so successful that drunkenness, idolatry and other stupidity reigns) and the time Moses got to see God's backside. But more troublingly it is another passage where God commands and demands killing. I can't offer easy answers, indeed in one 5 minute podcast what did you expect ;) but I will return to these passages and examine the issue in podc...
Keywords: exodus; bible; golden calf; idolatry
Downloads: 19
[audio]E100-15: Genesis 45:1-46:7: Reconciliation - Dr Tim Bulkeley
Our last reading left things open-ended - this shows full and dramatic reconciliation, an explosion of emotion from Joseph, and a clue as to what made the difference between last reading and this one. It makes so much difference to how we live if we really recognise what is going on, and Joseph can give us a clue too...
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; joseph
Downloads: 30
[audio]Working with what the Bible doesn'€™t say - Tim Bulkeley
In this post I'll start looking at how we respond to the Bible's silences, often there are questions we want to ask the Bible, which the Bible does not answer. What do we do then? Some of these questions, like the one I start with produce classic biblical puzzlers ;) By the way, if the sound quality is not as good as usual, or if you hear building work or children playing in the background, that's because I recorded this post in the middle of a refugee camp! See another blog for more information...
Keywords: Genesis; Reading; Ruth; interpretation; bible
Downloads: 14
[audio]E100 Week 9: Psalms and Proverbs - Dr Tim Bulkeley
This week's 5 is a somewhat artificial collection, putting together two different things. Yet both Psalms and Proverbs work differently from the narrative/history and prophecy that comprise the bulk of the Old Testament, and both are used a lot by Christians along with Genesis and Isaiah (while most of the Old Testament lies unread the Two-Thirds Bible). In this podcast we'll look at how different genres (see the posts here, especially: Genre matters: 1- Why genre matters) work...
Keywords: psalms; proverbs; bible; biblical study
Downloads: 54
[audio]What is the Bible? (Part 1) - Tim Bulkeley
How do we picture Scripture? That is what is/are the (unconscious) models in our heads as we read and use the Bible? This âcast refers particularly to Gen 18:20ff. and Amos 7.
Keywords: bible; amos; genesis; reading; interpretation
Downloads: 19
[audio]Cliché Theology: Joshua 11:1-9 - Tim Bulkeley
Sometimes a good old-fashioned cliché is the best way to achieve your desired effect, and communicate your theological message. I'll illustrate this using Joshua 11:1-9. The story of how Jabin of Hazor and all his allied kings were defeated by Joshua and Israel. (With some help from their friend!)
Keywords: cliche; theology; joshua; narrative; bible
Downloads: 28
[audio]Praising the fradulent agent
Luke 16:1-11 records one of Jesus most puzzling parables. In it he praises an agent who defrauds his boss. What's going on? We reach an uncomfortable conclusion :(
Keywords: bible; luke; luke16; parable
Downloads: 19
[audio]Amos 7:14 presuppositions and rhetoric - Tim Bulkeley
Amos 7:14 is a striking problem for interpreters, not least because what Amos is reported as saying to Amaziah seems to contradict what he is reported to be doing in the rest of the book. This makes it fertile ground for us to incorporate either our presuppositions or rhetoric into the text. (I use the NIV and Grasping Godâs Word) as examples in this but do not intend disrespect for the translators or authors, just to suggest they are human too! Duvall, J...
Keywords: bible; amos; prophecy; context; reading
Downloads: 37
[audio]Jonah 1:2: three little words - Tim Bulkeley
Continuing the series on Jonah, we rush ahead into the second verse of the book, only to spot yet again possibly more than one meaning. Jonahâs task however is clear. By the way I am sorry about the long delays recently, I hope to post more regularly again, but not till after enjoying a two week holiday - starting on Sunday.
Keywords: jonah; narrative; biblical studies; bible
Downloads: 17
[audio]Jonah 1:3-5 : What’s Jonah doing?! - Tim Bulkeley
The puzzle of Jonah's actions, and other strange goings-on don't stop in Jonah 1:3, but deepen (pun intended) as we begin to read on ;) we meet the ship that had plans of its own and hear echoes of Santa Claus in the telling of Jonah's story ;)
Keywords: jonah; narrative; biblical studies; bible
Downloads: 17
[audio]Babel 2: Gen 11 a straight up and down story - Tim Bulkeley
This podcast takes a second look at Babel, with a focus on the structure of the story, and its themes. It includes "homework" for which you should ideally have a photocopy of Genesis 11:1-9 (preferably in a fairly literal translation like NRSV, RSV, TNIV, NIV, ESVâ¦) and some coloured markers or crayons.
Keywords: gemesis; structure; bible; biblical studies
Downloads: 30
[audio]Amos 7:14 presuppositions and rhetoric - Tim Bulkeley
Amos 7:14 is a striking problem for interpreters, not least because what Amos is reported as saying to Amaziah seems to contradict what he is reported to be doing in the rest of the book. This makes it fertile ground for us to incorporate either our presuppositions or rhetoric into the text. (I use the NIV and Grasping God's Word) as examples in this but do not intend disrespect for the translators or authors, just to suggest they are human too! Duvall, J...
Keywords: bible; amos; prophecy; context; reading
Downloads: 26
[audio]E100-35: 2 Samuel 5:1 - 7:29: Bible stories have depth! - Dr Tim Bulkeley
Bible stories, with a few exceptions (maybe some parables for example) do NOT have nice neat "morals". If you want to say "and the moral of the story is..." don't read the Bible. But by contrast if you want people with real depth, who make it difficult for us to work out what their motives are, and therefore hard to simply place them in appropriate "boxes", the Bible is the book for you :) In this reading we'll notice depth and complexity in two of the less central characters, Michal and Nathan...
Keywords: 2 Samuel; narrative; Bible stories
Downloads: 37
[audio]E100-48: Daniel 6:1 - 6:28: Introducing Daniel - Dr Tim Bulkeley
In this 5 minute recording I try to introduce Daniel, a book that has been placed among the prophets in Christian Bibles (following the tradition of the old Greek translation) but is not a "prophet" in the Hebrew Bible. The book contains two sorts of material, stories about Daniel, like this one "Daniel in the Lions' Den", and records of Daniel's visions, which seem to speak in a half hidden coded language...
Keywords: Daniel; Bible; biblical study; apocalypitc; lions
Downloads: 49
[audio]Humour in the Bible: Part 1: Introducing Saul - Tim Bulkeley
This is the first of what might need to be a long series! Just to do justice to the introduction of Saul in 1 Sam 9 I'll need at least 2 posts ;)
Keywords: Bible; 1 Samuel; humour; humor; saul
Downloads: 32
[audio]Jesus as fulfilment of Scripture: Slavery and Spanking - Tim Bulkeley
This 'cast continues the theme of Jesus as the "fulfilment" of Scripture, looking at one topic that's been settled for decades, and another that's as hot as today's headlines. (At least here in NZ where a bill to criminalise parents spanking children is set to become law shortly!)
Keywords: bible; Jesus; Proverbs; Reading; spanking; discipline
Downloads: 87
[audio]God the exegete: 2 Sam 7: Part One - Tim Bulkeley
This is the first part of a short series (it might only be two parts, who knows ;) on passages where God exegetes his own words. In this part we'll look at 2 Samuel 7, where David wants to build a "house" = temple for God, since he already has a nice "house" = palace for himself ("house of cedar" means a palace with expensive wood panelling). I'll look at how God gives a four word speech and then explains in detail what it means...
Keywords: Bible; 2 Samuel; humour; humor; interpretation
Downloads: 22
[audio]Sexual humour in Esther - Tim Bulkeley
The book of Esther tells a terrible story, of attempted genocide averted. Too often Christian readers miss the humour in the story, of course some of it is sex related, and/or poking fun at gender expectations, so perhaps there are reasons for the blindness.
Keywords: esther; sex; humour; homor; bible; narrative
Downloads: 40
[audio]A Text without Contexts is Dumb! - Tim Bulkeley
This podcast is aimed at real beginners in biblical study and addresses why multiple contexts are important for reading/hearing texts, particularly the Bible.
Keywords: bible; context; interpretation; reading; culture; genesis psalms
Downloads: 36
[audio]A Text without contexts is dumb! 2: Text without cotext is dumb - Tim Bulkeley
For the second part of this "A text without contexts is dumb" series we'll think about cotext, the text that surrounds a text, providing context. The biblical examples come from Psalms and Ephesians. You might want to listen to Part 1 here first ;)
Keywords: Context; Ephesians; Psalms; bible; cotext; interpretation
Downloads: 18
[audio]E100-38: 1 Kings 8:1 - 9:9: Solomon and the temple - Dr Tim Bulkeley
Solomon's prayer understands that Yahweh is a different God, the gods (like Ba'al and his crowd) lived in the sky â and lanced thunderbolts down on people they disliked - heaven/sky was like the earth only bigger and better. When Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev said "Gagarin flew into space, but didn't see any God there". Solomon's prayer sees the stupidity of Krushchev - how could the creator of universes be see from a measly 302Kms from earth? But...
Keywords: 1 Kings; Solomon; biblical; narrative; bible study
Downloads: 43
[audio]E100-46: Isaiah 51:1 -€“ 53:12: Reading prophets for pleasure and profit - Dr Tim Bulkeley
I have not focused these 5 Minutes on how Is 53 speaks so clearly about Jesus, it is the Old Testament passage that is most clearly, directly and simply fulfilled in Christ. But that status should not make it paradigmatic for undedrstanding how Jesus fulfills Scripture. For more on that (and there is nothing on that in this podcast :( see What DOES "fulfil" mean? And other podcasts on this topic here...
Keywords: history; prophet; prophecy; bible; biblical studies
Downloads: 38
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